HTC Wildfire review

The low-cost version of the HTC Desire arrives

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HTC wildfire

So what do we really make of the HTC Wildfire? It's a likable handset with a lot going for it.

We love the HTC Wildfire's grown-up looks, proving that low-cost handsets don't have to look like they should be sold in ToysRUs.

You can't go far wrong with HTC's Sense interface either, customising those seven home screens means that no two handsets need be the same and it'll work for you.

The social networking integration will appeal to the younger generations, although some may find the caller-ID functions redundant. Quick and clever web browsing will be universally appreciated, as will the Google Maps which never let us down.

A myriad of little things kept us happy – from app sharing to the easy setup process, the inclusion of a camera flash and the handy flashlight.

The thing that kept annoying us while using the HTC Wildfire was the screen. It just isn't sharp enough for us, if we're honest, and if you've ever used a handset with an AMOLED or Super-AMOLED screen, you'll find yourself thinking the same.

Anyone who wants to watch a lot of video on their handset would be well advised to steer clear. And while HTC has got a lot of things right in its Sense UI but there are still areas that smack of afterthought.

We were hoping that lower processing and poorer-quality screen may at least mean a more copious battery life, but that doesn't seem to be the case; and with delayed messages and multiple dropped calls, the Wildfire didn't prove itself 100% reliable either.

It's heartening to see HTC getting a low-cost handset so right and, although there were niggles, we're convinced that the HTC Wildfire is one of the best mid-range Android phones around.

Whether the cost will remain a little too high to make it a truly budget phone, though, remains to be seen.

PJ: Ultimately I like the HTC Wildfire it because it's a familiar system. I feel like it could easily compete with the big boys like the iPhone and the Desire, but it's also a bit of a bargain.

I'd give it 4/5

DS: I was really surprised how much I liked this phone – and how much better HTC handsets are in general.

There are some really nice touches on here, like the flashlight and easily to use home screens, and a good range of email and internet options. It might be a bit daunting for those who haven't used smartphones before, but it's pretty straightforward once you start fiddling.

I didn't like the screen quality, nor the squat shape – but then again, for the price it's great, I just think I'll be happier trying something like the Desire or the iPhone 4.

I'd give it 3.5/5.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Maximum Memory Card Size Supported32 GB
Built-in Memory512 MB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotYes
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA
SAR Value0.75 W/kg
GPS ReceiverYes
Cellular Generation3.5G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100
Rear Camera Resolution5 Megapixel
Memory Card SupportedmicroSD
Phone StyleBar
ColourSilver
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NameHTC
Product ModelWildfire
Screen Size8.1 cm (3.2")
Screen Resolution240 x 320
Weight (Approximate)118 g
Maximum Video Resolution320 x 240
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.1 Eclair
Messaging TypeEmail, Instant Messaging, SMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service)
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Height106.7 mm
Width60.4 mm
Depth12.9 mm
Radio TunerYes
ManufacturerHigh Tech Computer Corp
Product NameWildfire Smartphone
Processor Speed528 MHz
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass, G-sensor
Manufacturer Part Number99HLC130-00
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.europe.htc.com
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